How can I print my Generic Cadd drawings using my Lexmark USB printer?

by on November 2, 2011

Q: Hardware and Software that I have relative to my question:

Computer:
Acer (acer-6e395d0925), Celeron(R) D CPU 3.20GHz,
3.20 GHz, 0.99 GB RAM
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) D CPU 3.20GHz,
x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 946GZ Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total – 63350 MB, Free – 14510 MB; D: Total – 10179 MB, Free – 1680 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, E946GZ

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
76487-OEM-0011903-00100

Printer:
Lexmark Pro 905 AIO Platinum Color Multifunction Printer

MS-DOS-based software:
Generic Cadd 6.1 by Autodesk (bought out by Autodesk) but no longer supported.

I would like to be able to print my Generic Cadd drawings using my Lexmark USB printer.
There are programs on the market such as Printfil. DOSPRN 1.79, and DOSPrint, that supposedly can redirect your DOS files to a USB printer, however, I have tried these but since they are character based the only thing that I have been able to print are alpha and numeric characters, but not my drawings.
Is there a way that I can print my Generic Cadd drawings to my Lexmark printer?
Generic Cadd prints to various printers on LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, or Com1 or Com 2, but in order to do so it sends the full gamut of printer control codes to the selected printer that controls functions such as line spacing, page length, color, etc. Would there be a way to send printer control codes to my USB printer via the programs such as Printfil, DOSPRN, etc. that would enable my printer to print the drawings? If so how would I get the printer control codes for my Lexmark printer?

Best regards and thank you,
Peohguy


4 Responses to “How can I print my Generic Cadd drawings using my Lexmark USB printer?”
  1.  

    Peohguy, just got this message now.

    I see you already got some ideas back over here:

    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1023684-print-generic-cadd-usb-printer.html

    Did that work out for you?

     
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    No, that solution did not work out, that is why I went to ask a geek. The only thing that those solutions were able to print were alpha numeric characters and not the actual points of the x,y coordinates that Generic Cadd outputs to printers connected to LPT or Com Ports. I don’t know how the one person was able to do it. I would like to ask him or her. I keep hoping that out of the many thousands of Generic Cadd users out there that there exists a die hard who also has enough computer smarts to have figured out the problem.
    Best regards,
    Peohguy

     
  3.  

    Unfortunately I haven’t been able to track down any other information, and supporting the software with new hardware is going to get harder and harder down the road.

    You might consider grabbing an old computer and an old Printer that has a parallel port off a site like craigslist. Should be able to get it for free, and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches. Just keep backups of your important Cadd files in case the hardware fails.

     
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      Mark, thanks for continuing to help me.
      I did finally figure out how to follow the instructions given at web site http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314499, titled “How to print to a network printer from an MS-DOS-based program in Windows XP” and I was able to correctly write the use net instruction to redirect my ouput from LPT2 to my Lexmark USB connected printer, once I used the “Full computer name” instead of the “Computer description” for “printserver”. After I exited from DOS command, after redirecting LPT2 I opened up my Generic Cadd program, then opened a drawing file, then went to print it out after making sure that LPT2 was selected as my print output, and my drawing was centered and scaled to my paper size, I hit output and lo an behold after several seconds my Generic Cadd program minimized and my printer came on and spit out a single blank sheet of paper and I got the message on my Lexmark printer :Printhead error”
      I then followed those instructions to clear the error and had no joy, so I went to the Lexmark site and emailed them my printhead problem. I have only owned the printer for 2 weeks! I don’t think the redirection from LPT2 to USB caused the printhead problem, but what do I know?
      So I really don’t know if redirecting LPT2 to USB will work or not for printing out Generic Cadd drawings. I will let you know once my printer is up an running again, IF.
      Best regards and I will keep you posted when I find out anything,
      Peohguy